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In a Game to 100, Cowboys Win, 51-49

October 19, 2003|From Associated Press

Jon Holland settled a 100-point game with a timely defensive play.

Holland intercepted B.J. Symons' pass with 1:05 left on Saturday as No. 23 Oklahoma State ended Texas Tech's furious comeback in a 51-49 victory at Stillwater, Okla.

Tatum Bell ran for a career-high 238 yards, with scoring runs of 95, 48 and five yards, and the Cowboys (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) scored on their first eight possessions to take a 48-21 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"The offense came out quickly with big plays by Tatum Bell and Rashaun Woods," Cowboy Coach Les Miles said. "It gave us the opportunity to score and score repeatedly."

Symons was 42 of 67 for 552 yards, his sixth game in a row with more than 400 yards. He threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score, but also had two interceptions and missed several open receivers.

"I personally feel like I let the team down," Symons said. "Obviously the game wasn't lost on that last play, but to fight so hard and come up short hurts."

Texas Tech, the nation's second-highest scoring team behind top-ranked Oklahoma, rallied with four fourth-quarter touchdowns, one after Joey Hawkins recovered an onside kick. The Red Raiders (5-2, 2-1) drove to the Oklahoma State 40 before Holland's interception.

Luke Phillips' 20-yard field goal with 5:43 remaining ended a 21-0 Texas Tech run as the Cowboys beat the Red Raiders for the first time in four tries.

"We understood that this would be a four-quarter game," Miles said. "The clock just doesn't seem to run when you play Texas Tech."

The Cowboys' Josh Fields threw for 320 yards and a touchdown and Woods had six receptions for 147 yards in a game that lasted more than four hours. The teams combined for 1,334 yards.

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No. 18 Nebraska 48, Texas A&M 12 -- The Cornhuskers rebounded from a loss at Missouri by forcing eight turnovers in a rout of the Aggies at Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska converted five of the turnovers into touchdowns and held Texas A&M (3-4, 1-2) to a season-low 243 yards.

The Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1) ran for 333 of their 384 total yards, with quarterback Jammal Lord carrying 15 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

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No. 20, Texas 40, Iowa State 19 -- Roy Williams caught a touchdown pass, set up a touchdown with a reception and threw a pass that led to another score as the Longhorns rolled past the Cyclones at Ames, Iowa.

Cedric Benson carried 32 times for 140 yards and scored three touchdowns, while Vince Young threw a touchdown pass in his first start for the Longhorns (5-2, 2-1).

Iowa State (2-4, 0-3) has lost five in a row for the first time since dropping its final five games in 1999.

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Kansas State 49, Colorado 20 -- Ell Roberson threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores at Manhattan, Kan., as the Wildcats broke a three-game losing streak.

Roberson threw two second-half scoring passes to James Terry as the Wildcats (5-3, 1-2) defeated the Buffaloes (3-4, 1-2) for the first time since 2000.

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Kansas 28, Baylor 21 -- Bill Whittemore connected with Mark Simmons for the go-ahead touchdown at Lawrence, Kan., as the Jayhawks (5-2, 2-1) avoided becoming the first Big 12 team to lose to the Bears at home.

Baylor (3-4, 1-2) has lost 30 conference road games in a row since the Big 12 began play in 1996.

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Symons Says 'Pass'

NOTE: Symons passed for 297 yards against Southern Methodist in Texas Tech's opener.

B.J. Symons passed for 552 yards in a 51-49 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, the sixth consecutive game in which the Texas Tech quarterback has passed for more than 400 yards. A look at his streak:

*--* DATE OPPONENT COMP ATT YARDS TD INT RESULT Oct. 18 Oklahoma State 42 67 552 5 2 51-49 loss Oct. 11 Iowa State 45 65 487 3 2 52-21 win Oct. 4 Texas A&M 34 46 505 8 0 59-28 win Sept. 27 Mississippi 44 64 661 6 1 49-45 win Sept. 20 North Carolina State 39 63 586 2 1 49-21 loss Sept. 6 New Mexico 37 54 418 5 1 42-28 win

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